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The Trials of Edgar Poe and Other Poems Paperback – June 21, 2010
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Though Balbo uses a wide range of poetic forms--such as blank verse, villanelle, pantoum, ghazal, ballad, sonnet, ottava rima, sestina, ballade, terza rima--generally the forms are unobtrusive, often relying on slant rhymes or unusual rhyme schemes that partly obscure the form from notice. The result is that the reader focuses on the content more than the form. In just a few cases, such as the ghazal "The Crimefighter's Apprentice," were the repetitions so insistent that I felt they distracted from the themes.
The central long poem, "Hart Island," is about the potter's field for New York City.Read more ›